Waiting on Wednesday: The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus

Title: The Stars and the Blackness Between Them
Author: Junauda Petrus
Release Date: 9/17/2019
Publisher: Dutton Books
Pages: 320

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Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus’s bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.

Trinidad. Sixteen-year-old Audre is despondent, having just found out she’s going to be sent to live in America with her father because her strictly religious mother caught her with her secret girlfriend, the pastor’s daughter. Audre’s grandmother Queenie (a former dancer who drives a white convertible Cadillac and who has a few secrets of her own) tries to reassure her granddaughter that she won’t lose her roots, not even in some place called Minneapolis. “America have dey spirits too, believe me,” she tells Audre.

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Author Guest Post: Kelly Gunderman

Title: Finding Me
Author: Kelly Gunderman
Release Date: July 30, 2019
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Pages: 306

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Can you ever truly love someone who robbed you of everything?

Sixteen-year-old Claire Williams spends most of her days feeling angry and alone. After a car accident took her mother and Claire’s ability to walk, life in a wheelchair is the new normal. 
When she’s sent to live with her grandmother, away from school and friends, Claire has a chance for a fresh start. Just when Claire thinks she can handle things, she runs into Todd – the son of the man who caused the car accident.

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Review: Have a Little Faith in Me by Sonia Hartl

Title: Have a Little Faith in Me
Author: Sonia Hartl
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Pages: 336

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“Saved!” meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that takes a meaningful look at consent and what it means to give it.

When CeCe’s born-again ex-boyfriend dumps her after they have sex, she follows him to Jesus camp in order to win him back. Problem: She knows nothing about Jesus. But her best friend Paul does. He accompanies CeCe to camp, and the plan—God’s or CeCe’s—goes immediately awry when her ex shows up with a new girlfriend, a True Believer at that.

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Sunday Stacks Week Thirteen

Not too much reading happened this week because I was busy for my birthday. If you missed my special birthday post you should definitely read it because it includes a lot of my friends and was really fun to do!

Here’s a look at how I did with my TBR from last week and what I’m hoping to read this week!

After reading a bit of The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth I was really worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it. There is not a lot of dialogue, the chapters are incredibly lengthy, and the pacing is very slow – all of which typically add up to me disliking a book. Something about Cameron is so compelling though and I’m loving her story. It’s a very heavy book that is making me feel a great bit of emotion, so it’s taking me a while to read it. I’m really only reading a chapter or two, maybe three, each day. So far I’m about halfway through it and I really am so glad I finally listened to Arin from Tomes of Our Lives and gave this book a chance.

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Five Settings I Want to See More Of

This is a Top Ten Tuesday topic from a few weeks ago that I loved but wasn’t able to participate in due to a blog tour happening the same day. I’m very particular about only having one post go up a day. What are your thoughts on this?

There are definitely particular settings that make me instantly intrigued in a book. A lot of the things I love in books are kind of nichey, but I’d love to see more of them!

tourist towns

These are so fascinating to me and I’d love to live in one someday. The closest I’ve ever come is visiting Hollywood Beach in Florida when I went to see my grandparents as a kid. I adored spending an entire day walking in and out of souvenir shops and looking at all the trinkets. My favorite book featuring this setting is definitely Jennifer E. Smith’s This is What Happy Looks Like.

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